A video depicting 2-year-old Jackson Coley was uploaded to YouTube recently and has already clocked up over 2 million views in under a week. It’s easy to see why the video has resonated with so many people.
Jackson, known as Jack Jack to his family, has been diagnosed with nonverbal autism. When his mother Amanda Coley, took Jack Jack to visit Disney Land, she never expected to see her son react in such a way.
The boy, who according to his mother, has no interest in interacting with strangers, and doesn’t usually respond to a lot of people – including his grandparents, was instantly comforted by the presence of one Snow White.
His mother, Amanda told Today.com that she was surprised to see him have such a connection with another person. “To our surprise, he didn’t get up and leave,” Coley says. “He just suddenly melted and was perfectly content.”
Amanda told Today.com that the unexpected response brought tears to her eyes and she hoped that the video would encourage other parents to take their children to new locations and to try new things.
“I saw affection and I saw just happiness and that look that he was so at ease, that he wasn’t nervous or scared. He didn’t have any fears toward her at all. He’s not ever like that.”
“We had no idea how Jack Jack would react to Snow White the way he did. You truly never know what’s going to touch them and bring a reaction out of them that you’re not used to seeing.”
Coley said that the interaction gave her hope for her son’s future, saying: “It was almost that little breakthrough that he won’t always be so scared of other people. That he will sit there and let somebody else love on him.”
Jack Jack’s mother also told local media that he watched the video repeatedly, begging his mother in sign language for ‘more’, while touching the screen.
She believes that watching the video again transports him back to the place where he felt happy and at-ease.
“It calms him and makes him really happy.”
Watch the heartwarming video below.